Politics

‘Ibizungerezi’: Rwanda Shouldn’t criminalize Adultery

Summary: By contracting marriage, what do spouses commit themselves to? To find the answer to this question, one must look at the Rwandan Civil Code, Article 171(3o): Procedure for marriage celebration:  Oath of Spouses: ‘I….., having heard what the law obliges the spouses, agree without any coercion that you……..are my wife/husband and we shall cohabit as per our contract and according ...

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The Great Lakes Syndrome

‘What’s past is prologue, what to come in your and my discharge’. Shakespeare, The Tempest. Other than the Middle East, the Great Lakes Region is arguably the hardest geographical location on earth to originate from. Mind you, Mother Nature had been good to us. Our countries are endowed with the most precious resources anyone can wish for; oil, gold, diamond, ...

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Comparative Laws and jurisprudence on Defamation, Libel, Slander and Sedition

Rwandan lawmakers are debating the fate of defamation laws as part of a review/update of the Rwandan Penal Code. I thought I would contribute to the conversation by looking at how other countries have dealt with the question. Legal Analysis Summary: Insult on the person of the President of the Republic, public insult and defamation are considered in many countries ...

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I found your birthday gift…

I found your birthday gift; In the gratitude of Genocide survivors; The reconciliation of the Rwandan people.   In the prevailing social justice; the surging life expectancy; The fast Human Development, the encouraging global rankings; I found your birthday gift…   In the cleanliness of our streets, the greenness of our roadsides; The safety of our neighborhoods, and the tranquility ...

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Himbara, the uncle Tom

As I sat in front of the computer, staring at David Himbara in that Al-Jazeera studio, all I could think of was Balaam. The biblical witch who’d been paid off to spell a curse on the people of Israel… ‘Come now‘, it says in Numbers 22:1-24:25: ‘Curse this people for me since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I ...

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I Pay, therefore I’m right. How African Terrorists buy US Congress

‘Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions!’ Barack Obama declared in an epic speech to the Ghanaian parliament. Young Africans have been repeating the catch phrase ever since… If he says this, one would think, it means in his country institutions are ‘Strong’. Imagine my shock then, when I learned that Rwandan dissidents paid 440.000 USD in order ...

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Paul Kagame is part of the solution; always has been…

‘This Army of ours will be the pillar of change… If you are saying that you are fighting tribalism, racism, but in the end your action show tribalism, then there is no difference between you and those you are waging war against. Or if you say that those you are fighting are thieves, if you are a thief too, then ...

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The Rwandan uprising

Something remarkable happened during the just concluded elections. In a surge of temper, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch tweeted: ‘Rwanda trolls are using #RwandaDecides hashtag against criticism of country’s murderous dictatorship, as if anyone but Paul Kagame decides’ Indeed #RwandaDecides is the hastag that Rwandan people were using to communicate on social media throughout the electoral ...

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No ‘Goodluck Jonathan’ for Rwanda?

In the last couple of days that I visited Europe, I heard: ‘The process of changing the constitution in your country isn’t real – or democratic, because it did not emanate spontaneously from the people’ I even heard Rwandans struggle with it: ‘No! The president, the party, the government, has no hand in this…’ The truth is, nothing is spontaneous in politics – ...

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Can you handle ‘The’ Kigali

Since mayors are elected not hired, we don’t get feisty kids who grew up in Lagos, Jo-burg or New York City for Mayors. We get God fearing, decent family people, straight from the ‘hood’. Luckily they don’t run this town; we do! You see, people don’t visit cities because of the niceness of their citizens, the affordability of their hotels ...

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